Assemblyman Chad A. Lupinacci, Ranking Member on the Assembly Committee on Higher Education, said, "The SUNY2020 program and the $6.6 million grant awarded to Farmingdale State College will allow our students to expand their academic horizons and enter growing fields like engineering, transportation and security. This new center will not only impact students who major in these fields, but also make Long Island and all of New York State more prepared and better fortified against any future threats to our safety. Along with Majority Leader Flanagan and Senator Venditto, I would like to applaud the academic leaders throughout our state and on Long Island for their dedication to bringing new programs to our thriving SUNY system."
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano said, "This project is great news for Nassau County and our whole region. By investing
in sustainable infrastructure research and advanced training now, we are better equipping
today’s students to be the industry leaders of tomorrow."
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said, "As always, Governor Cuomo is taking the lead in providing funding opportunities to prepare our young adults for careers of the future. Not only will this endeavor provide the technical training needed for students to pursue careers in transportation, security systems and protocols and aviation but this initiative also provides the opportunity to create jobs right here in Suffolk County."